• Reviews

    Yunomi Monoucha Genmaicha

    Country of Origin: Japan Leaf Appearance: deep green, needle like, lots of rice pieces Ingredients: sencha, toasted rice, rice cracker balls (plain and matcha flavored) Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: bright greenish yellow I receive this tea as part of the July Shipment for +Yunomi.us‘sTea Samplers Club. The appearance was somewhat different from other genmaicha that I have had before because of the little rice cracker balls. They looked like fluffy pom poms from my arts and crafts days as a Girl Scout. Novelty is always fun for me, even if it is something silly like that. Their steeping instructions are designed…


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    Yunomi Hojicha Light Roast from Kyoto Obubu Tea Plantations

    Photo: Yunomi Country of Origin: Japan Leaf Appearance: small, dark and needle-like Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 180 degrees Preparation Method: Kyusu Liquor: dark amber After having a pretty terrible allergy attack, I was in need of copious amounts of tea. Something comforting and toasty was exactly what I needed to get back on my feet and hojicha definitely fit the bill. This particular tea was from the July Shipment for Yunomi’s  Tea Samplers Club. Obubu Tea is a farm that I am pretty familiar with thanks to +Yunomi.us and +Tealet. I’ve enjoyed their teas in the past so I knew that this would be a safe choice. The taste…

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    Yunomi #01 Kurihara Heritage Gyokuro

    Photo: Yunomi Country of Origin: Japan Leaf Appearance: deep green, needle-like Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 2 minutes Water Temperature: 120 degrees Preparation Method: Hagi glazed houjin Liquor: bright green This tea was actually from the July shipment of Yunomi’s Tea Samplers Club. I’ve got a bit of a back log so I wasn’t able to get it published until now. Gyokuro is a rare treat and I dove into this one with gusto. It was nothing short of exquisite. The taste was sweet and grassy with a buttery mouth-feel. There no bitterness at all. The umami (strong savory taste caused by high levels of theanine) became stronger as the tea cooled. This is a…